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JWB Origins: Whaling Johnny (36) RE: Origins: Whaling Johnny 30 May 07


Links of chain... I learned this from Don Sinetti, who obviously picked it up from Stan around the same time Greg B did. I don't think I've processed Don's version too awfully much:

When Whaling Johnny went to sea,
Chorus
A randy dandy lad was he,
Chorus

His love had found another flame...
And he did treat her just the same...

She'd gone and married a sailor bold...
And Whaling Johnny's heart turned cold...

Of rum he drank a steaming dram...
And said, "I'll go and fish for sperm"...

He went and joined a whaling bark...
And said, "We'll have a damned fine lark"...

They went into the Sulu Sea...
Where they fished for sperm and manatee...

When Whaling Johnny he came back...
He'd shellfish growing down his back...

Now, knowing how close Don and Stan were, I'm guessing that Don had ample opportunity to get all the verses from Stan. Whether Stan improvised them or not, Don would know. Let's ask him next week!


Before hitting the Submit Message button I dug out Stan's album "Sailing Days". Pretty much the same verses as Don gives, with an extra one or two and a few small wording variations. Too bad Townley won't be at Mystic -- we might have been able to solve the mystery.

Jerry


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